February 20, 2018

Minister says relocating Liquor Distribution Warehouse doesn’t have to do with money

“It’s not entirely about the money,” says the minister responsible as the province looks at relocating the Liquor Distribution Warehouse in Vancouver. Rich Coleman says the current building is not tall enough and the operation could become more efficient in a new updated facility. But Coleman also admits the real estate it is … [Read more...]

BC government is going to move Vancouver’s main liqour distribution warehouse

No jobs will be lost, but the B.C. government is re-locating the province's main liquor distribution branch warehouse. The facility currently on Vancouver's East Broadway will be moved to a new site within the next two years. The minister responsible, Rich Coleman, says it's replacement is expected to be more efficient and a request for proposals … [Read more...]

Dix pleased government scrapping plans for privatizing liquor distribution

BC NDP leader Adrian Dix says it's a positive the government has come to a tentative deal with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union. "It's always good when agreements are negotiated and I think it shows in all negotiations it takes two to negotiate and it's always a good thing when things are resolved at the bargaining table." Dix says … [Read more...]

Liquor distribution finalists revealed

The Province has further reduced the number of companies on a short list to snap up liquor distribution services -- to four.Labour Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says it was supposed to be three but two companies were deemed to be in a tie for third.MacDiarmid was asked if the government has assurances none of the bidders are working together behind … [Read more...]

Rich Coleman admits to knowing bidders for Liquor Distribution Services

Minister Rich Coleman is calling some of the inferences being made about his connections to the Liquor Distribution Branch privatization process "ridiculous."  Coleman insists at the time he didn't know the names of companies bidding on the lucrative, 10-year contract  "I didn't say that I didn't know anybody...I didn't know the bidders … [Read more...]

NDP wants government to pause sale of liquor distribution services

BC NDP leader Adrian Dix says Premier Christy Clark and the  BC Liberals have absolutely no mandate to privatize the liquor distribution branch.  Dix says its not just because of serious questions being raised about the request for proposals process, or about BC Liberal ties to companies vying for the 10-year contral.  He says like … [Read more...]

Christy Clark comments on Liquor Distribution Branch controversy

Premier Christy Clark has offered her first comments in the wake of NDP claims that the proposed privatization of the Liquor Distribution Branch is being driven by lobbyists with strong Liberal ties. Thursday it was revealed the government seems to have only decided to privatize the LDB after meeting the Vice-President of Exel Logistics last … [Read more...]

BCGEU says petition against privatization of liquor distribution services getting lots of signatures

The BC Government and Service Employees Union petition against the Province's attempt to privatize liquor distribution services is drawing lots of signatures. "We have got close to 20,000 names on this petition so far." BCGEU Spokesperson Evan Stewart says they are gathering even more signatures... "When you tell people that the … [Read more...]

Six companies seek to take over Liquor Distribution Branch

The Province has received six proposals, in its bid to privatized the Liquor Distribution Branch's warehousing and distribution services. They come from Container World Forwarding Services, Exel Canada, Hillebrand Westling, Kuehne and Nagel, Metro Supply Chain Group, and Schenker of Canada. Those proposals will now be evaluated, with a short-list … [Read more...]

Liquor Distribution Branch boss quits

A senior official at the Liquor Distribution Branch has resigned his post. Jay Chambers has resigned as general manager of the liquor distribution branch--and no word yet why. But the L-D-B is currently the subject of a controversial move to privatize part of its services. The provincial government is soliciting bids from the private sector to … [Read more...]